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As of Monday, the Prince George County Police Department’s Facebook page had received 14,000 likes and more than 1,300 comments regarding Corporal Che Atkinson’s assistance to the mother and child.
Tomorrow's Generation (jdargis)
The African Leadership Academy on the outskirts of Johannesburg resembles a small, U.S. liberal arts college campus, with two-story, red brick buildings circling a central grassy quad. Around the quad are dormitories, classrooms, the dining hall, a 350-seat auditorium, a library, a design laboratory and an administration building. A peacock occasionally wanders the grounds. In the main lobby of the administration building are six red brick pillars inscribed with the ALA core values: curiosity, compassion, humility, diversity, excellence, integrity.
Job gains in August were helped by a jump at local governments, mainly in education. Employment also increased in health services and in the leisure and hospitality sector. Factory payrolls, on the other hand, slumped by 17,000 last month, the most since July 2013.
Light at the end of the scalpel (jdargis)
The differences between cancerous and normal cells are often so minimal that they are extremely hard to tell apart. In the soft, gelatinous mass of the brain, Ellenbogen says tumour cells can feel like “fruit in Jell-O”, meaning that brain tumours are often slightly firmer and have a slightly more leathery texture. Then again, sometimes the tumour can have the same texture as brain tissue. One could distinguish between the two through colour, but even then the difference can be slight. Ellenbogen tells me about one patient whose tumour was barely distinguishable from normal brain matter, except for a hint of yellow in the tumour cells.
They have built interactive maps of campaign events and are working on an automated flier generator to spit out polished promotional materials with a few clicks. They have set up an app to let volunteers and staff members at Mr. Sanders’s huge rallies use iPads to collect donations by swiping supporters’ credit cards. They have pioneered a tool to pair volunteers with lists of voters to call, automating what otherwise requires many paid campaign workers. And they have built dozens of websites for supporters of Mr. Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, like Ms. Perdomo’s FeeltheBern.org.
“Coal is the fuel of the past and it’s no longer a wise investment for our pensioners,” said assemblyman Rob Bonta, who presented the bill before the assembly, in a statement. “I’m pleased that my colleagues agree: it’s time to move on from this dirty energy source.”
God bless Elon Musk and his Twitter feed. While other companies rely on secretive press offices or employ PR giants to handle their communications, Musk happily uses the 140-character platform to break news about what's going on at Tesla and SpaceX. Wednesday, we learned that the Model 3—Tesla's next electric vehicle after the Model X SUV—will go into production in 2017, but only once the Gigafactory is up and running.
This Plane Can Be Powered By Farm Waste (jdargis)
According Co.Exist, those wastes—mixed with non-edible oils like those from the pongamia tree and regular jet fuel—will be used starting this fall to power some passenger flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco. And that’s only the first step: United plans to ramp up its purchasing of biofuels from other sources as well, including Fulcrum Bioenergy, a company in which United is an investor that turns household garbage into biofuel that cuts emissions by up to 80 percent.
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